Roslovic A Fit On Rangers & Should Be Extended

The New York Rangers didn't have the assets or cap space to make moves at this trade deadline like the team did at the 2023 trade deadline, and that might be a good thing. While you could argue that Patrick Kane and Vladimir Tarasenko could've been better for the Rangers and helped them go deeper into playoffs, the team made under the radar moves that look good right now, and for a lot cheaper.

Jack Roslovic is the player that we are going to focus on here as he is 27 years old, versatile, and has fit in very nicely on the second line of the Rangers. One of the issues New York has run into in previous seasons is finding the right top-six players. While Alexis Lafreniere looks good and has earned his spot, Kaapo Kakko is still very much a wildcard. He could show up for one game and then disappear completely in others. Roslovic, on the other hand, has been the missing piece that the Rangers have needed and it warrants an extension.

While the Rangers are likely going to wait and see how the playoffs play out, Roslovic could be the answer to a spot in the top-six for at least a few seasons. It doesn't force Kakko into a higher role he can't handle, and it keeps third line players Will Cuyle and Filip Chytil in a good spot heading into next season. Roslovic currently has a cap hit of $4 million AAV and is a UFA at the end of the season. He might be able to get that on his next contract depending on when he signs or how many teams are interested in him if he goes to free agency. He is in the perfect opportunity for himself in New York, so I see a fit and see him as an extension candidate heading into the summer.

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